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Abductions By Aliens: A Phenomenon Of Inner Space or Outer Space? - by John Prytz

The subset of UFO reports collectively lumped together as ‘close encounters of the fourth kind’ is a minefield, and like the subset of ufology collectively known as ‘contactees’, lots of middle-of-the-road UFO investigators steer clear of the subject. Lots of others don’t and boldly go not so much into outer space, but inner space – the inner space of the mind. Then too, many investigators see the answer as one that came from outer space. I see both pro and con on the merits of the abduction phenomena. For example:


Con: The appearance of the aliens, 'the greys', reflects a tad too closely the stereotype of what humans will look like many millennia from now – enlarged heads; atrophied bodies as the shift from physical to mental labour intensifies. The trend to less and less body hair (we’re much less furry than our ape relations) continues until we’re all bald all ‘round. The aliens aren’t human, but still very humanoid, perhaps too much so.


Con: What’s the physics behind the obvious artificial gravity our abductees must be experiencing (since they don’t report any weightlessness on the alien’s spaceship which is presumably in Earth orbit)? From orientations reported, it’s not the UFO rapidly revolving, since reports indicate their presence on a level floor between top and bottom, not on one of the outside walls. Aliens have obviously mastered physics unknown providing artificial gravity.


Con: You’d really think there would be hundreds or thousands of independent witnesses to all these home invasions and alien takeaways!


Pro: There’s a very high degree of consistency in abduction scenarios that’s independent of age, sex, race, nationality, religion, occupation, etc. that needs to be explained away by sceptics.


Pro: The abduction scenario reflects what our wildlife biologists do – capture, study, tag and release. We are to the aliens what animal species are to wildlife biologists. 


Pro: Why anyone would deliberately invent, or honestly imagine, such a horror scenario as the common UFO abduction tale is quite beyond me. The fact that independent abductees, from various cultures and countries, from all walks of life and all ages, totally unknown to each other, have come up with consistent abduction stories, is credible only if those abductions are actually happening. That’s obviously the case in those days before the abduction phenomena became etched into the public’s psyche. But I understand that in these recent times that there are UFO abductees investigators who keep back from their reports various little things which only they learned about. If a lot of alleged abductees relate experiencing or witnessing these ‘little things’, well credibility goes up several notches. Such investigators have apparently satisfied themselves that such consistency is commonplace. 


It’s difficult to explain why so many people would independently imagine or hallucinate or dream up the sort of obviously traumatic nightmare abduction scenario, especially when it involves painful invasive medical procedures. If you’re that sort of masochistic person, wouldn’t you dream that it was a mad scientist/medical doctor doing the kidnapping instead of aliens? Why aren’t we flooded with abduction reports by demons taking one to the underworld, or by leprechauns taking their victims to – well wherever leprechauns call home? 


The sixty-four cent question is ‘why’. Why would aliens abduct humans? Certainly not for chit-chat or wild parties! And why have so many humans been taken for so long? Well, how long have humans studied rats, and how many hundreds of thousands have had to run the maze? That’s my answer. We’re just lab rats to the aliens. We’re not to be conquered, but we’re not going to be given the cure for cancer or the road to universal peace either and certainly not the "Encyclopaedia Galactica".


What was it that Charles Fort said? “I think we’re property”. But is that such a strange idea really? We own land and by extension the plants and animals on it. Does a colony of wild turkeys comprehend that they are owned because they live on something called private property? They could be left in the main quite alone and undisturbed, except for the occasional one which might be harvested (abducted) around Christmas time!


We might ask what right extraterrestrials have to own Planet Earth and by extension us. Our colony of wild turkeys could ask the same about us (or our domestic livestock or companion animals for that matter). Maybe it boils down to the Golden Rule – they who have the gold (or are the top of the food chain or have the biggest gun or the most advanced technology) make the rules. It does appear that, given the abduction and cattle mutilation phenomena, Planet Earth and its contents are indeed alien property. Of course it might have been the case that Planet Earth real estate was obtained by extraterrestrials a billion years ago, way before the evolution of multi-cellular plants and animals, and of course humans.


If humans are anything to be judged by, we abduct animals for all sorts of reasons, from the illegal trade in wildlife, to animals for zoos and safari parks, for medical research and biological research. With respect to the latter, wildlife biologists will often abduct, tag and release animals. Sound familiar? If animals communicate among themselves, their verbal history must be chockfull of abduction tales with humans the abductors.  


As an aside, I remember a time, now long ago, even before the start of any media coverage of abductions, when the idea of UFOs as extraterrestrial vehicles was one thing, logical and acceptable, but the idea of actual occupants was just too far out to be seriously entertained. Why is beyond me since I would have thought the two concepts would have fitted together like hand and glove. It’s like saying a Boeing 747 airliner is okay, but an actual pilot? That’s just too farfetched. 


A Case Study: The Betty and Barney Hill Abduction 


As a case study, consider the alleged abduction of Betty and Barney Hill which is fairly well known even to the person only casually interested in the abduction phenomena. How can this case be explained?


In brief, the barebones of the details are that Betty and Barney Hill were returning to their home after holidays, driving their car. It was late at night. Both say a bright light which seemed to be pacing them. When they arrived home, they noticed that the trip had taken several hours longer than it should of. Also their car had some strange circular marks on it which affected a compass. The ‘missing time’ coupled with just a feeling of general unease over that trip finally led them to see a psychiatrist/neurologist, and under hypnosis, the story of their being taken on board a UFO by alien creatures (now called ‘the greys’) and subjected to an invasive medical examination by these creatures came to the fore. Betty Hill also, via hypnosis recalled seeing a star chart on board the alien’s ship, and was able to recreate it. An independent researcher was later able to match up the configuration of stars to actual stellar objects, but that interpretation has been controversial, as with so many stars to pick and choose from, its odds-on that sooner or later you’ll get a pretty close match.  


Now IMHO, the Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction case is a way more credible case than most. Why? Firstly, it was the first that attracted media attention. There was no prior contamination and media saturation with the subject could have influenced them. By that I mean there was no prior well known, splashed-across-the-media, abduction accounts, so they had nothing to draw on – no inspiration. This couldn’t be a copycat event.


Secondly, it’s unlikely a mature couple (The Hill’s weren’t teenagers or young adults), and an interracial middle-aged couple at that, with no particular interest in UFOs or sci-fi, they weren’t sci-fi addicts, would invent such an abduction tale detailing the same sorts of alien beings that we’ve come to know and love now – ‘the greys’.


Most telling of all, why on earth would an inter-racial couple, in the early 60’s, in conservative America (and New England) wish to draw undue attention to them with such a tall tale? They wouldn’t need that kind of trouble! It’s controversial enough being an inter-racial couple without also being an inter-racial couple who sees LGM (Little Grey Men). An interracial couple (this was the 60’s) wouldn’t need that sort of publicity, and they certainly didn’t make any fortune out of eventually going public.


They weren’t into hallucinatory drugs. They weren’t hardly young kids with wild imaginations, rather a quite mature adult couple. They had no prior record of being publicity seekers and desiring media exposure. 


Their story first broke in a leaked series of newspaper articles, attracting the attention of research journalist John C. Fuller, who, then with the permission of the Hills, wrote up their story for “Look Magazine”, later expanded into book form by Mr. Fuller, with an introduction by the Hill’s psychiatrist/neurologist (Benjamin Simon, M.D.) who confirmed that Betty and Barney Hill weren’t ‘nuts’ or delusional or psychotic and honestly believed the story that came out. So we have two witnesses (Betty and Barney Hill) giving the same story, and the same story under hypnosis by a trained psychiatrist/neurologist.  


Lastly, the alleged abduction didn’t happen in their bedroom which now seems to be more the norm with implications that abductions are something mentally related to sleeping and dream states. For the Hill’s, their abduction happened while they were driving their car back from holiday. It’s rare that you fall asleep behind the wheel of your moving vehicle for any length of time with both car and occupants remaining undamaged! The Hills and their car weren’t damaged!


A deliberate hoax / unintentional but imaginary / psychological / pharmacology / medical explanation makes no sense. I personally find it a far simpler explanation to believe that their account is firmly grounded in reality.  It happened, with all that that implies.


Further readings on abductions in general:


Bryan, C.D.B.; Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Alien Abduction, UFOs, and the Conference at M.I.T.; Alfred A. Knopf, New York; 1995:


Cone, William P. & Estes, Russ & Randle, Kevin D.; The Abduction Enigma: The Truth Behind the Mass Alien Abductions of the Late Twentieth Century; Forge, New York; 1999: 


Fiore, Edith; Encounters: A Psychologist Reveals Case Studies of Abductions by Extraterrestrials; Doubleday, New York; 1989:


Hopkins, Budd; Missing Time: A Documented Study of UFO Abductions; Richard Marek Publishers, New York; 1981: 


Jacobs, David M.; Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions; Simon & Schuster, New York; 1992:


Klass, Philip J.; Abductions: A Dangerous Game; Prometheus Books, Buffalo, New York; 1988: [Note: A sceptic’s analysis of UFO abductions.]


Lorenzen, Coral & Lorenzen, Jim; Abducted! Confrontations With Beings from Outer Space; Berkley medallion books, New York; 1977:


Mack, John E.; Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens; Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York; 1994:


Mantle, Philip & Nagaitis, Carl; Without Consent: A Comprehensive Survey of Missing-Time and Abduction Phenomena in the UK; Ringpull Press, London; 1994:


Pritchard, Andrea et al. (Editors); Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference Held at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; North Cambridge Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1994.


Randles, Jenny; Abduction: Over 200 Documented UFO Kidnappings Exhaustively Investigated; Robert Hale, London; 1988:


Randles, Jenny; Alien Contacts & Abductions: The Real Story from the Other Side; Sterling Publishing, New York; 1994:


Rogo, D. Scott (Editor); UFO Abductions: True Cases of Alien Kidnappings; Signet, New York; 1980:


Turner, Karla; Taken: Inside the Alien-Human Abduction Agenda; Kelt Works, Roland, Arkansas; 1994:


Further readings regarding the Betty & Barney Hill UFO abduction:


Friedman, Stanton T. & Marden, Kathleen; Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience; New Page Books, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; 2007: [Kathleen Marden is the late Betty Hill’s niece and trustee of her estate.]


Fuller, John G.: The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours “Aboard a Flying Saucer”; Dial Press, New York; 1966:


Further readings regarding other case studies:


Druffel, Ann & Rogo, D. Scott; The Tujunga Canyon Contacts; Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; 1980:


Fowler, Raymond E.; The Allagash Abductions: Undeniable Evidence of Alien Intervention; Wild Flower Press, Tigard, Oregon; 1993:


Fowler, Raymond E.; The Andreasson Affair; Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; 1979:


Fowler, Raymond E.; The Andreasson Affair: Phase Two; Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; 1982:


Hickson, Charles & Mendez, Williams; UFO Contact at Pascagoula; Wendelle C. Stevens, Tucson, Arizona; 1983:


Hopkins, Budd; Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods; Random House, New York; 1987:


Hopkins, Budd; Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions; Pocket Books, New York; 1996:


Turner, Karla; Into the Fringe: A True Story of Alien Abduction; Berkley Books, New York; 1992:


Walters, Ed & Walters, Frances; UFO Abductions in Gulf Breeze; Avon Books, New York; 1994:


Walton, Travis; Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience; Marlowe & Company, New

York; 1996:


Walton, Travis; The Walton Experience; Berkley Medallion Books, New York; 1978:

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